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An APP is an abbreviation for application. It is a type of software that allows you to perform a specific task or fulfill a particular purpose. Apps can run on the Internet, on your computer, on your mobile device, or other electronic devices. Individuals can use apps for practically every type of social, leisure or work activity. When you open an application, it runs inside the operating system until you close it. Often times, you will have more than one app open at the same time, which is called multi-tasking. Simple applications can be downloaded cheaply or even for free. Desktop applications can include word processors (Microsoft Word), personal finance (Quicken), web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari), games (Solitaire), media players (Windows Media Player, iTunes), and gadgets or widgets (calendars, maps, calculators, news headlines, etc.). If you have a smartphone or tablet computer, you can download apps like RedLaser (To compare prices while shopping), Word Lens (To translate languages using your phones camera), and Foursquare (To "check in" at different locations to find friends and let others know where you are). There is a saying, "There's an app for that..." And I believe it's true! There are apps out there for almost every kind of task you would want performed or purpose you would like to fulfill.

Examples of APPs:
You can download iPhone apps from the Apple App Store.
Android apps are available from the Android Market.
Facebook and Twitter are examples of web-based apps.
One of the apps I use daily on my mobile device is The Weather Channel app.

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Learn how to create apps for iPhone:

Educational Example:
Many schools are now getting iPads in their classrooms, which opens up the world of apps for teachers and students. There are some great apps available to teachers for classroom management (TeacherKit, Behavior Pro, Class Dojo, Too Noisy and Stick Pick). These applications can help teachers organize different classes and groups, track attendance, grades, student behavior, classroom participation and more.

Applications can be very beneficial in the classroom. Here are a few that can improve both instruction and/or learning. The eClicker app allows teachers to poll students on their content knowledge and get immediate feedback. This can help guide teachers in their instruction and teach to the needs of the students. The Skype app enables educators to take students on virtual field trips, listen to live presentations from experts or authors, and collaborate with other classrooms next door or across the globe. Dropbox, a free file sharing app, can be used in classrooms to post homework assignments. Students can turn in assignments using the app and teachers can return them all on Dropbox. This method would save teachers from paper shuffling and cut down on costs. The Notability app can be used by students to take notes and record lectures in class. As a Spanish language educator, my students can use the SpanishDict app to translate Spanish/English words and hear them pronounced. ConjuVerb is a verb conjugation application that is also helpful for students with learning Spanish. Again, there are hundreds of applications out there for use in the classrooms. It pays as an educator to spend just a little bit of time exploring what apps are available to help your students, as well as yourself.

For More Information:
To learn more about how to use apps on the iPads in the classroom visit here:

With Spanish as my content area, I like to practice Spanish grammar and vocabulary to work on my fluency. One of my favorite Spanish apps on my iPhone is Spanish Touch Trainer by Appocado. Take a sneak peak at the app demo below.